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Friday, January 31, 2020

Happiest countries and some analogies

The United States is often heralded as this land of prosperity.
But we rarely put happiness on a platform above that. They now have a happiness index that they use which measures how happy people are with their life in a respective country.
It’s kind of funny that we haven’t put an emphasis on this sooner, but I think we sometimes embrace the idea that we sacrifice our happiness, at least for a time, to be able to provide. “grind now, shine later”
In any event, Finland was ranked as the happiest country in the world, with its neighbors, Denmark, Iceland and Norway, the close runner ups. (Source: Why Finland is the happiest country in the world. SBS News)
Per their report:
10 most happy:
1. Finland
 2. Denmark
 3. Norway
 4. Iceland
 5. The Netherlands
 6. Switzerland
 7. Sweden
 8. New Zealand
 9. Canada
10. Austria
10 least happy:
147. Haiti
148. Botswana
149. Syria
150. Malawi
151. Yemen
152. Rwanda
153. Tanzania
154. Afghanistan
155. Central African Republic
156. South Sudan
And so you might be wondering, what is it that drives this happiness index? How is the scoring done?
It is a combination of factors: health and life expectancy, safety, generosity, social support, GDP per person, and relative feelings of freedom to live the life you want to live.
But it is still worth considering why these countries are so happy, and many of the people in the countries you and I live in, are not.
Perhaps there will come a day where our happiness is put above our test scores and our paychecks, and where saying it isn’t so isn’t just lip service

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